There were plenty of American flags flying at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm Saturday as the community came out to support fallen war heroes in a special way.
The Boots for Troops 5K and Boot Run attracted participants of all ages. While some laced up their boots or put on a rucksack, any red, white and blue attire was welcomed.
The event’s mission is to honor and thank servicemen and women past and present and to provide funding for the nonprofit Medals of Honor program.
At the finish line, race participants could take their race bib and write an encouraging message on it, and then place it on the fallen hero “wall of gratitude.”
Among the many participants was Mark Pierret, who was decked out in a Captain America suit while running the 5K.
It was the fifth year the Franklin resident participated in the run. He does so every year in honor of his father, who was a Marine that served in World War II in the South Pacific.
“What our soldiers do and our veterans have done in terms of protecting us and serving our country is just awesome,” Pierret said. “Whatever I can do to celebrate their sacrifice and gift to us, I’m in.”
The Captain America costume Pierret wore combines his love for comic books and his country.
“Captain America just represents the best in us,” he said. “The best in Americans, the best as people.”
Pierret embraced all the extra attention he received for his creativity, which included plenty of photos with fellow fans of the superhero.
“I just feel joyful to have all these people coming together and celebrate the people who were givers in this world,” he said. “We can’t have enough givers in this world.”